A microscopic view of organic sample sputtering

A. Delcorte, P. Bertrand, B. J. Garrison

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Molecular dynamics simulations are performed in order to understand the fragmentation and emission mechanisms of kDa chain segments when a polymer (polystyrene) is bombarded by a keV particle (Ar). The calculated energy spectra of small fingerprint fragments and kDa chain segments are compared to experimental distributions. The results show that the ejection of small fragments is primarily induced by interatomic collisions. In contrast, vibrational excitation of the polymer plays a major role in the emission of kDa chain segments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-169
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Surface Science
StatePublished - Jan 15 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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